Sunday, July 31, 2016

A baseball commit

Switching sports momentarily ...

St. Francis High (Watsonville) first baseman Ruben Ibarra has committed to SJSU. He's 6-foot-4 and 250. Here's a link to his baseball stats. He also plays basketball and football and done some pitching in baseball too.

Jim Selmas: "St. Francis High's Ruben Ibarra (@Salty_rube) gives verbal comittment to play for @SJSUBaseball beginning in 2017-18 season"

Saturday, July 30, 2016

MWC football training tables

From: "As Fresno State revamps training table, Mountain West offers other samples" -- Robert Kuwada

Ron Caragher, San Jose State – “In fall camp, I think everyone is standard on that. We give them three meals a day because there’s not much going on there on campus. Once school starts, we will give them one training table a day and then the off-campus guys with their scholarship checks, they’re on their own, really, for the other two meals. Then the guys living on campus, they’re mostly younger guys, they eat in the dormitory, in the cafeteria there.

“But at least I feel that peace of mind our players I know are getting one solid meal. You hope that they’re making good meals when they’re living at home and you hope that the guys living in the dorms are eating responsibly, though dorm food everywhere, right, can get tiring. But as far as our training table, we use the university itself. The university will come down and we have a kitchen attached to our offices and they’ll make the training table for our guys. It’s more tailored to the guys and the big reason for that is I want them to eat after practice. It just works out good to do that.”

The thoroughness is amiss here as are some critical players

"Why each Mountain West hoops team can win the conference in ‘16-17" -- Eli Boettger

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's that time already, part two

Joel Welser @ College Sports Madness has Fresno State as #119 in the country and #5 in the Mountain West Conference.

It's that time already, part one

Joel Welser @ College Sports Madness has Boise State as the the 118th ranked team in the country as well as #6 in the Mountain West Conference. Do take a look.

Williams Jr. leads Bay Pride to another win

Last Thursday, Bay Pride took apart the Oakland Believers 121-91 in a San Francisco Pro-Am matchup with Gary Williams Jr. totaling 26 points plus eight boards in 18 minutes of court time. He scored eight 8 points in a minute at the end of the third quarter and, at one point, buried 16 straight points. He did a crossover that made a player fall, shot a three-pointer, turned his back and walked down the court before the ball went in and the crowd went crazy.

What's the financial benefit, if any, is THE question

"To expand or not to expand for MW" -- Chris Murray

Interesting rankings

Jeff Goodman offers the opponent difficulty-to-play-in element for each Mountain West Conference team venue, with rankings.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Spartans offer a 2018 East Bay guard

Elijah Hardy: "I am proud to say I have received an offer from San Jose state...Thanks to everyone who is with me and thanks be to God! Go Spartans!"

He's a 6-foot-1 guard out of Bishop O'Dowd who averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as a sophomore.

California, Montana and Nevada have also offered. Hard to see him not going to Berkeley.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A blast from the past

Were you at the game in 2008 when Nevada's JaVale McGee did his impression of a punter at Walt McPherson Court?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nai Carlisle featured

In a Lafayette Courier & Journal article on the best multi-sport athletes in 2015-16:

"Nai Carlisle, West Lafayette

In recent years, Carlisle has been ineligible for this list because he was solely a basketball player.

Man, if this kid would have played four years of football in high school, he might have smashed all kinds of records.

As it was, the San Jose State basketball recruit played just one season of high school football and was given a little bit more responsibility each game. Carlisle’s impact helped the Red Devils reach the Class 3A state championship game and I am pretty sure his 13.6 yards per carry may stand the test of time (He only had 17 carries).

On the basketball court, Carlisle was the veteran on a young team. He averaged 18.7 points, 5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals and graduated as West Lafayette’s career scoring leader.

Switching sports for a moment

"Hawkins realizes Division I coaching dream"

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sienna from the Empire State reaches out

Top Flight Elite AAU"Congrats to Jake Wojcik for being offered by Siena!"

Wojcik is a 6-foot-3 2018 guard at Bellarmine College Prep with excellent shooting form and range. He was a First Team All West Catholic Athletic League honoree for his play this season.

Here's a 2016 feature.

SoCal guard with Spartan interest

Grady Dodson"2018 Scooter Smith of @SplashCity_UAA has gained high interest from UOP San Jose St Montana"

Smith is a 6-foot-3 guard out of Gahr High in Cerrittos who averaged 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a sophomore.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Gary Williams Jr. and the SF Pro Am

Gary Williams Jr. enjoyed 27 points, five boards, four assists and a trio of steals in a 99-97 Bay Pride loss to Bay City in the San Francisco Pro-Am on Thursday. He totaled 15 points in the initial quarter. Adding to his night's work, he jammed a highlight reel dunk on Charles Boozer.

A Noah Baumann note

From a Richard Obert article on ten emerging talents in Arizona boys basketball:

"Noah Baumann, Phoenix Desert Vista, 6-5, SG, Sr.

He might have made the biggest leap in his game than anybody in the state since the end of last season. He hardly has played in his varsity career, but his impressive work in showcases landed him a scholarship offer from San Jose State, which he accepted. Watch for big things under new coach Gino Crimp on a team that could very well challenge for the state title."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Boding well for the future

Anthony Ray: "6-5 SR Noah Baumann (San Jose State signee) currently shooting the lights out for Powerhouse Hoops in Atlanta, GA"

He's a commit and not a signee.

Courtside Films (July 8): "2017 Noah Baumann brought his all around game tonight @ the elite 100, scoring in every way & blocking shots" This one if from a different tournament.

Wojcik hits game winner

The Top Flight Elite 17u squad just edged Team Eleate 55-54 in a travel team tournament down in southern California. Jake Wojcik hit the game-winning, last-second trey. LINK

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

JWojcik getting noticed

Josh Gershon: "#SanJoseState head coach Dave Wojcik's son, Jake Wojcik, is a 2018 guard on Top Flight Elite. Can really shoot it, plays hard and nice feel."

Monday, July 11, 2016

SJSU Director of Basketball Ops moving on

Franciscan University of Steubenville Announces New Men’s Basketball Coach

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Vice President of Student Life, David Schmiesing, today announced Joe Wallace as the new head men's basketball coach at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Wallace is a Wheeling, West Virginia, native who is returning to the Ohio Valley after an extensive career in NCAA Division I athletics.

"I'm truly blessed to be joining the Franciscan University family," said Wallace. "With its unwavering commitment to mission and identity, Franciscan University has created a strong national profile and I am excited to help purvey that same mission as the Baron's head basketball coach."

Schmiesing said Wallace combines almost a decade of basketball experience at the NCAA Division I level with "a passion for his faith and a desire to recruit and form his players to be faith-filled student-athletes. He's a great fit for the Baron basketball team, and I'm excited about Joe coming back home to the Ohio Valley to coach the Barons."

Most recently, Wallace served as the director of basketball operations at Division I San Jose State University in San Jose, California, where he oversaw all team travel and assisted with day-to-day opponent scouting and coaching.

During his time at SJSU, the Spartans increased their overall win total by seven from the previous season and their Mountain West win total by four.

Before joining San Jose State, Wallace was an assistant coach at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, for the 2013-14 season after serving as the director of basketball operations during the 2012-13 season. While with the Cougars, he helped transition the program into the Colonial Athletic Association. Wallace personally recruited the number 10 ranked player from the state of Ohio to play for Charleston and coached and mentored several current professional players including Willis Hall (Portugal), Anthony Thomas (Brazil), and Nori Johnson (Germany). As director of basketball operations, Wallace coached and developed Olympian Andrew Lawrence (Great Britain). He was instrumental in installing and managing a state-of-the-art XOS video editing system, which he used to create detailed opponent scouting reports for the Cougars.

Wallace began his collegiate coaching career under Doug Wojcik at the University of Tulsa in July 2006. He first joined the Golden Hurricane staff as the director of Player Development and graduate manager from 2006-2009 before becoming the director of Basketball Operations from 2010-2012. During his time at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricanes were CBI champions in 2008 and played in the NIT postseason tournament in 2009 and 2010.

Wallace coached and developed three NBA players at Tulsa, including Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers), Ben Uzoh (New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers), and Jerome Jordan (New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors).

"My career has led me across the country and has afforded me the opportunities to work for and alongside some of the best coaches and people. For their support and encouragement, I will be eternally grateful," said Wallace. "From coast to coast and places in between, my roots have never left this area and I've always called the Ohio Valley 'home.' My wife and I are ecstatic to have the opportunity to be near our families."

Wallace earned a degree in social science in 2005 from West Liberty University where he was a two-year letter winner in football.

"While the Baron basketball program is still in its infant stages, we should not be taken lightly. We need to roll up our sleeves and bring passion to everything we do. We will come together as a unit that brings confidence and toughness to the court nightly. "I'm extremely motivated to prove this program can thrive in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference while forming student-athletes in faith, virtue, knowledge, and self control."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Williams Jr. with gigantic night

It was the Bay Pride 116 to 112 for the Bay Raiders in the latest game for the former with Gary Williams Jr. dropping 40 points alongside 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals. He had 22 points by halftime, 32 at the end of three.

Brandon Mitchell posted a 10 point, 10 board line.